MHA Today | July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

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July 8, 2019

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.


In This Issue
Missouri Revenues Fall Short Of Projections
CMS Updates Inpatient Abstraction And Reporting Tools
MSPB HSRs For FY 2020 VBP Program Now Available
CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session


What You Need To Know This Week

  • Today, MHA launches the statewide economic development campaign, “It All Adds Up to a Better Missouri.” Campaign information can be found at the MO Hospitals website.
  • Watch for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to issue the proposed outpatient rule, physician fee schedule proposed rule and a new mandate on bundled payments.
  • Tomorrow, a three-judge federal appeals court will hear oral arguments, initiated by 20 states including Missouri, to determine whether a ruling invalidating the Affordable Care Act should be overturned.


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Missouri Revenues Fall Short Of Projections

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

Missouri general revenue collections grew by 1 percent for state fiscal year 2019, which ended June 30. For the year, state GR collections totaled $9.57 billion, an increase of $99 million over state fiscal 2018 collections. Although state appropriators assumed 2019 revenue growth of 1.7 percent, or $161 million, the resulting $62 million shortfall is not expected to result in immediate actions by the Parson administration to trim spending. However, 2019 revenue performance continues a recent history of anemic growth that portends increasingly tight state budgets in future years. Also, because revenue growth for 2019 was less than $150 million, a state law allowing for the reduction in the top marginal individual income tax rate from 5.4 percent to 5.3 percent will not occur. The reduction would have taken effect Jan. 1, 2020, had revenue growth been sufficient to trigger the tax cut.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Updates Inpatient Abstraction And Reporting Tools

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted updated CMS Abstraction and Reporting Tools for the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program to QualityNet. Inpatient version 4.23 includes updates to support the inpatient specifications manual version 5.6 for discharges July 1 through Dec. 31, 2019.

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MSPB HSRs For FY 2020 VBP Program Now Available

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Medicare Spending per Beneficiary Hospital-Specific Reports for the fiscal year 2020 Hospital Value-Based Purchase Program and January 2020 Hospital Compare refresh now are available. Additional information can be found on QualityNet.

A webinar that provides an overview of the MSPB measure and HSRs, as well as download instructions, is scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Registration is required.

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CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Registration is required for the webinar, “Quality Improvement Organizations and Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Working Together to Reduce Readmissions.”

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Consider This ...

The more than 600,000 cancer deaths in 2015 collectively cut short 8.7 million years of life, a loss that translated to $94.4 billion in lost earnings.

Source: STAT